Bohemia 5'7" Polished Ebony Grand Piano with QRS Pianomation Player System.
Made in the Czech Republic since 1871.
Includes adjustable bench and several QRS Player CDs.
Gustav Mahler was undoubtedly one of the greatest composers of all time. The Bohemia Mahler grand piano certainly has some of Mahler’s qualities when it comes to deep rich tones, beautiful melodic passages and controlled power. Whether you want to play classical, jazz or pop music the Bohemia Mahler grand piano is a joy to play.
German Abel hammers
‘Rosslau’ strings and German copper
German ‘Delignit’ pinblock
Laminated birch rim,
Sand casted iron plate
Nickel plated steel tuning pins
Czech selected spruce soundboard and ribs
vibrating are of soundboard: 12,226cm squared
Touch weight: 50-54g
Length of longest bass string: 1295cm
Back frame – 4 braces
3 pedals – shift, sostenuto, sustain
88 keys – Bohemia keyboard, individually balanced & lead weighted
Large brass castors.
Made in Czech Republic
Dimensions: Length (170cm/5’7″)
The history of Bohemia pianos began in the town of Jihlava when Josef Bìlohlavek, a skilled piano maker, opened his small workshop and gave work to several local craftsmen who were to become the first of many generations of piano builders.
The Bohemia piano followed up the pre-war tradition and thanks to the outstanding Czech engineer Miroslav Tauchman, succeeded in developing completely new construction models of pianos in extremely short time.
The Bohemia piano factory began making pianos in 1871. After WWII, commerce in Czechoslovakia became nationalized, much like that of the rest of socialist eastern Europe. The Czechoslovakian government at that time used the name Petrof for all the Czechoslovakian piano factories (seven-ish in all) since Petrof was the largest and most recognizable piano name at that time. In fact, the serial numbers of all Czech Republic pianos employ Petrof's serial numbering.
The name “Bohemia” is derived from the original term used by the Romans for the territory which many centuries later became the Czech Republic. The town of Jihlava is a colourful place, founded in 13th century close to rich silver mines, and belongs to the oldest mining towns in our country. It is located in a romantic countryside dominated by the hills of Ceskomoravsk vrchovina, on the border of Bohemia and Moravia, not far away from the Austrian border. Jihlava can be rightly proud of its beautifully preserved architectonic monuments, such as its fair-designed square dating back to 1270, to the times of the king Přemysl Otakar II, surrounded by old stone houses with arcades. The romanticism of this place was more than suitable for piano makers building instruments destined to express the beauty of musical harmony.
The shortage of legally available trademarks resulted in the introduction of several brands allowing the company to meet specific requirements of different world markets. The following brands were manufactured by the Bohemia Piano Company: Bohemia, Schlogl, Rieger-Kloss, and Hofmann & Czerny.
In 1989 however, the new government began gradually giving back companies to former owners or creating management buyouts in the interest of privatization. In other cases, companies were simply sold to outside investors. Much like the story of the Estonia Piano Company, in the case of what was about to become the Bohemia Piano Company, there was a management buyout where the employees became the owners.
For those who aren't geography or history buffs, Czechoslovakia became the Czech Republic in 1993 when Slovakia became separate from Czechoslovakia. The capital of the new "Czech Republic" was now Prague. Bohemia represents the northern region of the Czech Republic, while Moravia is the lower region.
In 1993, Bohemia began producing pianos for distribution in Europe but didn't begin exporting them to the United States until 1995, and even then it was in very small numbers (hundreds not thousands).
If you are familiar with Larry Fine's Piano Book, you may notice that his FULL edition (published in 2001) doesn't have the Bohemia piano listed in the rankings. That is because in 2001, there were basically no Bohemia pianos in the U.S. for him to review. In subsequent years, Mr. Fine consistently ranks Bohemia a "Group 2" (or "high performance") piano. This category is dominated by small, cherished European brands that are relatively unknown to the average U.S. buyer. This elevated status also places it above the standard "Group 3" Yamaha, Kawai, Boston pianos and all Korean pianos (Young Chang, Pramberger, Samick).
Most Bohemia models are available with a German Renner action, although many clients seem to actually prefer the Czech action in some models and forego the additional expense of a Renner action. The model 156 (5'3") and the 185 (6'1") were the first models to be made at the new factory and are highly regarded models. The other models -- the 173 (5'8"), the 225 (7'4") and the 275 (8'11") have all since been added to the same critical acclaim. The entire piano line is incredibly lyrical and musical -- qualities that have eluded lower-rated pianos and mass-produced pianos.